KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

A Selection Of Today’s Opinions And Editorials

A Hatchet To Moderate Government The Chicago Tribune
For every brick-thrower, spitter and bigot and for every hyperbolic politician and egomaniacal talk-radio host, millions of other Americans are justifiably enraged. What angers many Americans is the abandonment of a concept that laid the foundation of the Constitution and the nation itself: limited government (Dennis Byrne, 3/30).

Nursing Care More Effective On Level Playing Field The New York Times
In the current system, some patients eat elegantly prepared food off china dishes, while others get nothing at all. I'm a nurse; I want to know that all my patients get a decent meal (Theresa Brown, 3/29).

Health-Care Bill Ends Abuses, Offers Benefits Now The Times Herald-Record
Saying "no" isn't an answer to the problems our country faces. This bill demonstrates that we as a nation can say "yes," and come together to solve the big challenges we face. Today, with the passage of this legislation, we are on our way to becoming a healthier people, and a stronger nation (Rep. John Hall, D-N.Y., 3/30).

Mitt Romney For Health Czar Newsweek
It's entirely possible that Romney will have a future in national Republican electoral politics. But if he's looking for a surefire way to serve his country through 2016, he might consider sending his résumé to the White House (Daniel Gross, 3/29).

The Health Care Fight Is Not Over The Boston Globe
After my election, Washington politicians began an aggressive push to bend the rules and force their unpopular health care bill on an unwilling nation (Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., 3/30).

Cutting Medicare Doctor Fees Would Be A Killer For Senior Health Care The Sun-Sentinel
We believe the health care system needs reform, but we also need a clear path to permanent reform of the broken Medicare physician payment formula that hurts seniors' access to care (Alberto Casaretto and Lawrence Gorfin, 3/30).

The Rich Can't Pay For ObamaCare The Wall Street Journal
The federal government has embarked on an unprecedented spending spree, granting new entitlements in the guise of refundable tax credits while drawing false comfort from phantom revenue projections that will never materialize (Alan Reynolds, 3/30). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.